New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 25 August – Friday 31 August 2007)

Norwegian’s Rygge-rous approach to the Oslo market

Image: Norwegian base

  • Not content with having a major base at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport, Norwegian will soon be starting operations from a new airport around 60km from Oslo called Moss Lufthavn Rygge (RYG). This former military airfield will open for commercial flights on 17 October and Norwegian will start operations next February. By mid-March the airline will be flying to 14 destinations. Bergen will be served double-daily, while all other destinations will be served no more than four times per week.Palanga in Lithuania will get its first low-cost flights with twice weekly flights from 16 February, while Barcelona will also be served for the first time by Norwegian. The full list of routes, start dates, initial frequencies and sector lengths are shown below:
Route Starting Weekly flights Distance
Alicante 15 Feb 08 3 2,569 km
Athens 13 Mar 08 2 2,633 km
Barcelona 15 Feb 08 4 2,189 km
Belgrade 15 Mar 08 2 1,816 km
Bergen 13 Mar 08 13 324 km
Budapest 14 Feb 08 2 1,513 km
Istanbul SAW 14 Mar 08 2 2,457 km
London STN 13 Mar 08 3 1,140 km
Malaga 16 Feb 08 2 2,840 km
Marrakech 03 Apr 08 1 3,474 km
Palanga 16 Feb 08 2 752 km
Szczecin 16 Feb 08 2 771 km
Valencia 15 Mar 08 2 2,438 km
Warsaw 14 Mar 08 3 1,079 km
Source: Norwegian

The scheduled flight time to Marrakech is four hours 50 minutes making it possibly the longest LCC route in Europe.

The airport has a 2,440m runway and the new 16,000sqm passenger terminal is designed to cater for up to two million passengers per year.

From LBA to LBC with

  • Map: Jet2 routes

    On 1 May 2008, launches a new direct service from its Leeds/Bradford base (LBA) to Hamburg Lübeck (LBC). Flights will be operated four times daily. LBC belongs to the Infratil Group and saw passenger numbers at the airport fall by 4.7% in 2006 to 678,000. The airport is approximately 60km from Hamburg.

    Image: Lubeck
    Lübeck is famous as the home of Niederreger, which celebrated 200 years of making marzipan last year.

    Ryanair is the main provider of scheduled services with regular flights to Barcelona Girona, Dublin, London Stansted, Marseille, Milan Bergamo, Pisa and Stockholm Skavsta. Wizz Air has served Gdansk since March 2006.

    This will be’s third route into the German market as it also flies to Berlin Tegel (from Manchester) and Düsseldorf (from Leeds/Bradford).

SkyEurope fills Vienna gaps with Prague and more Innsbruck

  • A previous basewatch revealed how the airline was growing its fleet to six aircraft this winter but that some aircraft time had yet to be allocated. Since then the airline has announced a further new route to Prague (to be operated daily) and an increase in frequency on its domestic service to Innsbruck from two to three flights per day.

Air Deccan adds Jamshedpur to growing network

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    Mr B Muthuraman and Mr Ramki Sundaram flagging off the first Jamshedpur – Kolkata flight.

    This week saw the start of services to Air Deccan’s 65th airport in India. Daily services from Kolkata to Jamshedpur began on the 26th August using an ATR42. Flight time on the route will be around one hour.

    Jamshedpur was founded by Jamsetj Tata, considered the father of India’s industrialisation, and was the location for India’s first iron and steel plant. It is now a modern and industrial city and was adjudged the UN Global Compact City for 2004.

    Image: Kolkata - Jamshedput

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